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Canon and Ricoh withdraw from Drupa 2021

Digital print giants Canon and Ricoh have become the latest major brands to pull out of Drupa 2021, due to concerns over the ongoing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

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Canon and Ricoh join the likes of HP, Kodak, Fujifilm, EFI, Heidelberg, Xerox, Manroland, Zecher, Screen and Bobst in pulling out of Drupa 2021

Drupa had been due to take place earlier this year in Düsseldorf, but was moved to April 2021 as a result of the pandemic.

However, despite the rescheduling and shortening of the exhibition, a number of leading brands have opted to withdraw over lasting concerns regarding Covid-19.

HP, Kodak, Fujifilm, EFI, Heidelberg, Xerox, Manroland, Zecher, Screen and Bobst have all cancelled their appearances at the rearranged event in recent weeks, with Canon and Ricoh now joining the growing list of withdrawals.

In a statement confirming its decision, Ricoh Europe says it will shift its focus to virtual events, including the HENKAKU Live series.

Eef De Ridder, vice president, commercial and industrial printing group at Ricoh Europe, says: “Ricoh has always highly valued the opportunities that Drupa has brought us over the years.

“However, we have taken this difficult decision to withdraw as the continued health, safety and wellbeing of our clients, partners and staff is our number one priority.”

Trade shows have long been a pivotal moment in our calendar, as I’m sure will be the case for our customers, partners and industry peers too

In terms of Canon, Mark Lawn, director of professional print solutions digital at Canon, says in a post on LinkedIn that the decision to pull out of Drupa was not taken lightly.

Lawn comments: “Drupa has always been an important date in the diary, and it has given us the platform to truly show the full breadth of Canon’s offerings.

“Our business plans have been challenged a lot in 2020. We’ve adjusted projects, refocused business priorities, and we’ve had to address how we can connect with the print community when face to face meetings have been compromised.

“Trade shows have long been a pivotal moment in our calendar, as I’m sure will be the case for our customers, partners and industry peers too.

“It’s the chance to connect with the industry, have some valuable conversations with people who don’t regularly cross our path, and to demonstrate our product portfolio.”

Lawn adds that Canon will continue to work with Drupa on its proposed virtual event.

He says: “We are adamant to make sure this doesn’t leave a gap in our connection to the industry and look forward to seeing Drupa’s proposal for its virtual event.”

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